Newsletter 4 – 9/5/14


We had Field Day!! We had an all day scratch game was there the whole time. We also played CTF and a instincts game in the woods! There was an intense hike that many people went on. We slid down hills on our bottoms, splashed through knee high creeks, sweated, bled, itched, and overall had fun. The whole trail was lined with stinging nettles and thorns.

On another note the carnival! Your kids are coming home with tickets for it so put them  in a safe place for tomorrow. Hope to see you there!

Thank you for all the help and support with homework, just as a reminder, homework is due on Wednesday and is turned over to students at the end of the day on Thursday. 

Snack Schedule

Week of 9/8 – Last names that begin with R-W
Week of 9/15 – Last names that begin with A-H
Week of 9/22 – Last names that begin with I-L
Week of 9/29 – Last names that begin with M-P

Morning Meeting

Good morning we have very fun activities like clap attack when you have to get the clap around the circle. We also played Titanic, Time for Bed, Inspector Bullfrog, Statue Garden. The greetings we did and loved are elephant,exasperated Jim, and Jenna’s here.

Empathy Workshop

To practice using empathy we played hide and seek but K-3 was at field day and 6-7-8 was at a play so why not use the WHOLE school!!! In the first round we used just the 2nd floor then in the 2nd round we used the 1st and 2nd floor! It helped us the have empathy because when we get found then the person they had to say, Hi, how is your day? and then the other person is it.

Ms. Kalei’s Math Group

This week in ms kalei’s math group we did mean, median, mode, and range. We also just finished our first unit by doing a the assessment. Our assessment was made out of the mean, median, mode, and range. We also graft coordinate planes. Also, we did the order of operations.

Mr. Jim’s Math Group

This week in math we only had 2 days of math this week. We are still working on the 1s,10s,100,1,000,10,000! we kept doing our multiplication strategies.

Ms. Kandi’s Math Group

This week in Math Workshop we determined the number of different rectangles that can be formed using a given number of tile.  Students learned that the dimensions of a rectangle built with a given number of tile are the factors of that numbers.  Students determined all the factors of the whole numbers from 1 to 12 and recorded their findings on a record sheet.  They also identified these numbers as prime or composite.

Ms. Pam’s Math Group

This week in Ms. Pam’s Math Group we have been doing a few new things, but mostly the same. We used beans for representation, (representing numbers and amounts) and we had geography for homework. We haven’t been having a lot of math, what with 3-day weekend and Field Day. Homework was due on Friday.

Math Workshop – Whole Class

On Friday, we did a (mostly) whole class activity. Students traced different countries in Africa to make mathematical equations based on the country populations. We will soon link this to our study of geography. 

Readers Workshop

This week we had only two teaching points: Readers visualize the actions, which was about mental movies. The second point was an author has a  purpose, nothing is a mistake. During that lesson we learned about P.I.E , stands for persuasive , informative and entertaining. This week we continued to use our reading logs. Mr.Jim is currently reading us Flora and Ulysses.

P3 Workshop

This week in P3 workshop we worked on our connection web and and did a chalk talk.  Now we all have two or more connections with people that we might not know very well.  This process will strengthen our relationships.  A chalk talk is when you express your feelings with different topics. We had students process the chalk talks using several questions: What do you notice? What do you know about what you notice? and What questions do you have?

Writers Workshop

In writers workshop this week we are still teasing out are stories and making a plan to actually  start our stories. Some people have already started the real thing in their drafts.The teaching points for this week are: Writers expand their ideas to get the juiciest part of the story and Writers sketch out their stories  and the other teaching point is writers use thought action, dialogue and description.

Visual Arts

We have been writing either our names or a family quote, and fill the rest of the space on our papers with tons and tons of drawings of things that make us unique. For example, I play the harp so drew a picture of a harp! Also I like the show Doctor Who, so I drew the things in Doctor Who that they have. Those family quotes and names have to be greatly decorated and unique, or else it won’t be as special to us. I know someone who said there a “Trooper” when they go on a long trip,so she made woods and  a sunset.

Performing Arts

In Performing Arts, we have been singing “We are Making Music” in four-part harmony. We have also been using various instruments to make the music part of some of the song. We have also been singing mutiple jazz songs and it has been a lot of fun! Some examples of the songs are: “Route 66”, “Thats Gotta be Jazz”, and “My Favorite Things” in jazz version, it sounded new but really good!

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home:

  • What is empathy?
  • How did you show empathy this week?
  • What are you doing as a reader and writer this week?
  • How did you connect to/with people at field day?



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